It may not be on your househunting radar.
But if you’re on the move and you work from home, it could be worth considering setting up home in Mallow, according to a new report.
Mallow has made a list of the top 10 best places to work from home in Ireland, alongside Castlebar, Leixslip, Navan, Galway, Longford, Gorey, Clonmel, Mallow, Portmarnock and Sligo.
The research by Switcher.ie is based on data like broadband speed, house prices, crime rates, green spaces, cafes, GPs and top schools.
In Mallow, the average house price is €210,639, the crime rate per 1000 people is 65.9 and there are 1.2 coffee shops per 1000 people. There’s also speedy full fibre broadband.
Midleton and Cobh featured among the best places to work from home with a family, while Carrigaline was among the safest spots to set up home.
New legislation which gives employees the right to request remote work is expected by the end of the year.
With 91% of those in WFH-friendly roles planning to work fully remote or hybrid, Ireland’s towns and local economies could also enjoy the benefits of an increasingly mobile workforce.
“What started as a safety measure for many companies during the pandemic is now becoming the norm, giving Irish workers a better quality of life and fantastic financial benefits,” said Switcher’s Eoin Clarke.
“All the top contenders in our study have lots to offer, and hotspots range from along the sandy west coast to the midlands and Cork’s Black Valley, as well as satellite towns bordering Dublin. When it comes to peaceful, low-cost, scenic places to work from home, there’s plenty to choose from.”
“A fast and reliable internet connection, reasonable house prices and open, green spaces make all the difference when working remotely. As workers are no longer pinned down to designated office blocks, we will hopefully see a more evenly distributed workforce – which is good for our pockets and good for the local economy.”